IAG airline Aer Lingus has appointed Lynne Embleton as its new chief executive, effective 6 April, replacing interim head Donal Moriarty.

Embleton has been chief executive and chair of IAG Cargo since 2017. Prior to that, she held numerous positions at IAG-owned British Airways, including managing director at Gatwick, director of strategy, and chair of regional operation BA CityFlyer.

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“Lynne has huge experience within the group,” states IAG chief executive Luis Gallego. “At IAG Cargo, she has led the company as it adapted rapidly to the Covid-19 pandemic and has made significant progress in digitally transforming the business.”

He adds: “I’m confident that she has the skills to lead Aer Lingus through the pandemic and enable it to emerge in a strong competitive position in the future.”

Moriarty, interim chief since October 2020, will return to his role as the Irish flag carrier’s chief corporate affairs officer.

Gallego credits Moriarty with having done “an excellent job during the most challenging year in Aer Lingus’s history”.

The airline’s last permanent chief executive, Sean Doyle, was moved to the top job at British Airways in October last year, replacing Alex Cruz.